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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

From Spring Issue - 2004

Brainstorming Campaign Ideas

The campaign table at the breakout workshop sessions gave rise to a gaggle of good ideas. Participants in the discussions included several energetic MHVS members and directors as well as the day¹s facilitator, activist and author, Josephine Bellaccomo. The discussion was facilitated by Jim Van Alstine, who was newly-elected to serve as ³Campaigns and Communications Coordinator.²

Ideas were broken into two categories: red, which urge people to stop, avoid or not do something, and green, which encourage people to do, embrace, engage in a positive action or behavior.

Red campaign ideas included: "No foie gras," "No veal," "No pig roasts," (urging churches and fire departments to choose a more humane fundraising event); and working to stop or otherwise intervene in local plans for a new slaughter facility.

Green campaign ideas included:

1) Urge the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to create a more veg-friendly curriculum;

2) urge restaurants to sign a veal and/or foie gras-free pledge;

3) work with area school districts to assure veggie options in school lunches (parents of veggie kids are urged to step forward to help with this one);

4) become a presence in health-issue related support groups (including heart disease, cancer, diabetes);

5) create a Hudson Valley veg-friendly guide to

restaurants, accommodations, markets and alternative health care providers; and

6) Establishing "Veggie Buddies," which would pair experienced vegetarians with curious/transitioning individuals in a one-to-one relationship to provide practical knowledge, support, recipes, literature, etc.

The next step will be for the board of directors to review the ideas, selecting two or three for further action.


Return to Newsletters - Spring Issue - 2004

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